It's not often Newsarama feels compelled to post a speculative prediction article just minutes before the expected revelation of promised news, but today we're making an exception. Since 9 a.m. eastern, Marvel Comics has been releasing numbered teaser images counting up to a planned announcement at noon. Each teaser has also been accompanied by an adjective - "Uncanny!" "Amazing!" "Mighty!" - iconic appellations from classic Marvel titles. The X-Men, Spider-Man, and Avengers titles could be argued as something of three of the four corners or pillars of the Marvel Comics foundation.
Considering 12 p.m. Eastern will mark the fourth teaser, we're ready to take a big swing and predict that the number 4 will be accompanied by - what else? - "Fantastic."
The fourth pillar.
It's hard not to see the game Marvel is playing with the teasers - but we think there might be something more afoot. What if the Fantastic Four Marvel is teasing us with isn't the classic team at all (for now), but a totally new incarnation?
Consider the original teaser for today's noon announcement, seen above. It bore the four easily recognizable symbols of Captain America, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. Is it possible Marvel will bring back the FF - as a substitute team of Marvel's biggest names?
If that seems crazy, consider the following: Fantastic Four is a brand with very little heat outside of comic books. On the other hand, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Spider-Man are arguably Marvel's biggest guns right now, especially with Avengers: Infinity War just around the corner. Could Marvel take a shot at hitching the FF's return to that star and using the name for a Who's Who team of Marvel heroes?
Think about it: now that the FF's film rights are likely returning to Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics might just want to get some heat on their name with some recognizable characters - and build mainstream awareness for the return of the Richards family in, say, about a year (or, in other words, right around the time that Marvel/20th Century Fox buyout brings the Fantastic Four home).
And then, naturally, the classic Fantastic Four returns just in time for the announcement of a new film in development.
Also remember has promised comicdom just one core Avengers title for their "Fresh Start" initiative. This would give the publisher something of a piece of cake they could eat too.
But we'll all see in just a few minutes…